Kirby Mass Attack Should Have Been 3DS Exclusive
According to Japanese gaming publication, Famitsu, Kirby Mass Attack is one of the DS' best games. The promising adventure scored an impressive 36 out of 40, making it one of the highest rated Kirby titles in history.
Great news, but we can't help but wonder why this game was created for DS in the first place, especially with 3DS set to take over Nintendo's handheld empire.
Don't get us wrong. The publisher has sold over 140 millions DS systems since 2004. You can't just shut the door on that many users.
At the same time, the 3DS could really use a sales boost, and a game like Kirby Mass Attack would be another first party exclusive guaranteed to improve the handheld's standing amongst consumers, especially those on the fence about purchasing the machine.
The situation takes us back to the disappointing DS launch of 2004, when fans had Super Mario 64 DS to play and not much else. Then Nintendo released Kirby: Canvas Curse in 2005, a critically acclaimed platformer that showed the world what the device was capable of. Is it solely responsible for turning the tide in the handheld war? No, not at all, but this high profile title definitely improved the DS' portfolio.
Clearly (and pardon the cliche), hindsight is 20/20. Back in March, Nintendo thought 3DS would sell much better than it has. There were no talks of a price drop.
On top of that, Kirby Mass Attack doesn't make use of the 3DS' features, aside from touch screen play, which you'll have with DS.
That aside, releasing this game on a dying system seems like a potential waste of time. If 3DS' $169.99 price (which goes into effect August 12) results in millions of DS owners abandoning their portables, Kirby Mass Attack could be an unfortunate casualty.
Of course, 3DS is backwards compatible with DS, but that's not the point. Nintendo needs a variety of games to convince people to purchase 3DS systems, and making Kirby Mass Attack an exclusive title would have helped the cause, considerably.
For now, it just reminds some gamers why sticking with DS for now is a smart idea.